Sure, you can buy all kinds of fruit snacks, but why not make your own? This easy, crafty snack will keep for up to a month — perfect for camp and school lunches.
- 4 cups of fresh strawberries (cleaned, hulled and halved)
- 1/2 cup of sugar (or less depending on your taste)
- A Silpat baking mat
- Cookie sheet
- Sieve, spatula, blender, saucepan, oven, cookie cutters(optional)
- Purée strawberries and sugar in a blender until totally smooth.
- Add a small amount of sugar to begin with and taste as you go. Many ripe fruits won’t require much additional sugar at all.
- Strain the puree through a sieve into a saucepan. Use the back of a spatula to push as much liquid as possible through the sieve.Discard the remaining seeds and solids.
- Bring the purée to a boil in a saucepan, then simmer over a low heat for at least one hour. Stir the puree regularly. As you approach the end of the cooking time, carefully monitor the purée to ensure that it doesn’t burn or stick. The mixture should be reduced to about 1 cup.
- While the mixture is reducing, line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat (a reusable, non-stick liner).
- Pour the hot purée onto the liner and spread thinly and evenly into a rectangular shape using the back of the spatula. A uniform thickness will ensure that the fruit leather dries thoroughly.
- Dry the fruit purée in a 200-degree oven for two or three hours until the fruit leather is no longer sticky to the touch.
- Cool on liner on a rack until completely dry (at least three hours). Depending on how much liquid is in the fruit, this process could take up to 24 hours.
- When the fruit leather is completely dry, place a sheet of parchment paper on top and peel leather off the liner. Roll the fruit leather up in parchment. Strawberry fruit leather will keep in a sealed container at room temperature for about a month. Cut the fruit leather into strips or use cookie cutters to create fun shapes.